Alan Menken Vying for EGOT

Posted: June 19, 2013 by filmmusicreporter in Film Music News
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alan-menkenAlan Menken is in a position to become only the third composer to ever win the EGOT, which is bestowed to artists that won all four major annual American entertainment awards: the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. The other composers who were previously honored with the EGOT are Richard Rogers and Marvin Hamlisch. Menken composed the original song Sing Like a Larry Bird for a musical episode of this TV season’s hit ABC alien comedy The Neighbors, in which the aliens discover Broadway. Menken won Oscars for his scores of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas, a Tony for the Broadway musical Newsies and a Grammy for Disney’s Tangled. His work on The Neighbors is eligible for an Emmy in the Original Music and Lyrics category. Menken composed the song with lyricist Glenn Slater, his collaborator on the theatrical productions of The Little Mermaid, Leap of Faith and Sister Act, and the features Home of the Range and Tangled, for which he composed the Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-winning song I See the Light. ABC’s The Neighbors has recently been picked up for a second season. For updates on the comedy, visit the official show website.